David Talbot was born in Rockport in 1859. He worked for his father, a Rockport businessman and then established his own business, a Livery Stable with a large number of teams that were used in transporting limerock.

In 1888 he moved to Omaha, Neb. where he joined his brother-in-law in the ice business. While there he developed his own successful ice company and was referred to by some as the “Omaha Ice King.” He returned to Rockland for health reasons in 1905, when he and his wife, Cora (Hewitt) Talbot purchased property on what was then Middle Street in Rockland from George L. Knight. A prominent Rockland citizen, Talbot was instrumental in improving roads in Rockland to accommodate automobiles and subsequently Middle Street was renamed Talbot Avenue.

In 1882 Lavinia Thorndike of Camden spoke to a meeting of ladies in Rockland concerning the need for an institution for Rockland’s senior citizens. The first Home for Aged Women opened on Oct. 27, 1900, with Lorinda Borstel as its matron. Dolly Walsh was the first occupant of that home at 148 North Main St. In order to cover operating expenses, a donation tea was held annually. Early records show expenses from Nov. 1, 1900 to April 1, 1902, as $629.00.

Cora Talbot, and later her daughter-in-law, Pauline, were very involved with the Home for Aged Women. This institution moved to 73 Talbot Avenue shortly after the Talbot house was donated to the association by Joan Talbot Foote and Marion Talbot Lilley (daughters of William and Pauline and granddaughters of David and Cora) on Aug. 15, 1963. The Home for Aged Women was renamed The Talbot Home. Just prior to moving to Talbot Avenue, expenses averaged $1,000 per month. Current monthly operating expenses average $17,000.

Cora Talbot’s sister, Dora Pratt, had two children, Harry and Maude, both teachers at the Good Will School in Hinckley and both unmarried. It was through their generosity that an endowment fund was established for the maintenance of The Talbot Home.

The home is a lovely Victorian structure on tree-lined Talbot Avenue in the heart of Rockland with accommodations for six persons. The suite and five rooms, all with private baths, are fully occupied. The Administrator, Nancy Riley, has created a cheerful and friendly atmosphere in a beautiful setting where families and friends are always welcome. Sharon Sallinen, Social Committee Chair, has recruited volunteers who spend regularly scheduled time at The Home.

The Silver Tea has been reinstated as a fundraiser to help with capital improvements. Long-range plans include upgrading the remaining bathrooms, the kitchen and driveway, and possibly creating another suite.

This year, the tea will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. All are welcome and ladies are encouraged to wear tea hats.